Giles expresses interest in taking over Flower’s job

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“I’m sure I’ll be applying for the post”

England limited overs coach Ashley Giles has expressed his interest in taking over Andy Flower’s job as team director after he stepped down following the national team’s disastrous tour of Australia.

Giles confirmed that he will be applying for the position and is already thought to be one of the frontrunners.

“I’d be very interested in doing the job definitely,” Giles said. “I’m not going to deny that and I’m sure I’ll be applying for the post.

“It’s one of the biggest jobs in cricket and I’d apply for it because I want to do it, as someone who was very proud to play for England and been proud to coach the one-day side. To do the whole job would be a fantastic opportunity but it’s hard work as well and we’ve got a lot of hard work to do before whoever is announced to get in shape for the world cup.”

Giles also admitted that Flower’s resignation had come as a surprise to him.

“I was a little surprised at the timing and of the announcement full stop,” Giles said. “Andy’s obviously, not had enough but wanted to call it a day and I guess it is time to move on.

“I spoke to Paul after the announcement about where I stand. I didn’t know the detail of Andy’s standing down at the time so I wanted to get clear on that.”

Giles also conceded that his performance over the next couple of months will determine whether he carries on or finds himself in Flower’s shoes.

“I think it’s important that I concentrate on what’s coming up in the next couple of months,” Giles said. “If I have to put an application in in the next couple of weeks then I’ll think about it and get it done but results will talk as well.

“I’ve got a really big series in the West Indies and more importantly the World Cup in Bangladesh. Our record in the subcontinent for limited-overs cricket isn’t great, so it’s a good challenge. We’re pretty much right at base-level now. And we’ve got a lot of hard work to do and a lot of talking to do to decide which 15 guys we take to Bangladesh to give us the best chance.”

Giles will now meet with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managing director Paul Downton to discuss which players will make up the 15-man squad that will represent the country at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March.

“We’ll have a selection meeting when we get back to England,” Giles said. “There’s more than one bloke to talk about. You don’t like guys living in fear but there’s always careers and jobs on the line, whether coaching or playing, we’ve all got to be better and there’ll be no substitute for hard work. That starts in the West Indies, guys can expect some early mornings and some late nights.

“We’ll pick the squad this week and go from there. But picking those 15 names at the moment is going to be a tough task. I can’t say how many changes there will be but conditions in Bangladesh will obviously be very different and we’ll have to think about pace off the ball and spin options and think about our tactics full stop.

“Although we’re playing three one-day games [in the Caribbean] it give us a good run in to Bangladesh. We need to do a lot of hard work and that will be good preparation.”

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